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MORGAN TURPEN WINS USCS 2017 SEASON OPENER AT HATTIESBURG (MS) SPEEDWAY
HATTIESBURG, MS – March 3, 2017 - Two-time and defending United Sprint Car Series National Champion Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN served notice on Friday night that she is looking for a third-straight title. Turpen started from the K&N Filters Pole Position, then led all 30 laps to race into the www.RockAuto.com USCS Victory Lane after the 2017 USCS season opener at Hattiesburg Speedway. The win was Turpen’s 13th career USCS feature win.
The 2016 USCS Rookie of the Year, 14-tear-old Danny Sams III of Englewood, FL showed that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in his sophomore season with a second-place finish and a win in the Butlerbuilt Eight-Lap Third Heat Race. Sams outran a future first ballot Hall of Fame Inductee that was a surprise late entry.
Tony Stewart of Columbus, IN started fifth and finished third, as he begins a new chapter in his storied racing career. After winning three NASCAR Championships and an Indy-Car title, Stewart retired from those forms of racing to return to his racing roots to “have fun, race when he wants, and where he wants.”
Race fans traveled to Hattiesburg Speedway on Friday night to fill the grandstands after Social media sightings of Stewart’s tow rig spread like wildfire as it was spotted in Southern Mississippi. Stewart warmed up the crowd with a win in the Engler Machine and Tool First eight-lap Heat Race.
Former USCS National and Mid-South regional series Champion Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR took the fourth spot in the main event and the 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordon Mallett of Greenbrier, AR finished fifth. Todd Fayard of Saucier, MS was sixth and 11-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN came home in the seventh spot. Gray also won the six-lap Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. The 2015 Riverside Speedway (AR) Champion, Andy McElhannon of Nesbit, MS finished eighth, Kyle Amerson of Montgomery, AL was ninth, and Howard Moore of Memphis, TN rounded out the top ten.
In other preliminary action, Harli White of Lindsay, OK won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second eight-lap Heat Race. Danny Sams III raced to victory in the Butlerbuilt eight-lap Third Heat. A total of 25 drivers from ten different states entered the 2017 USCS season opener.
Turpen grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag to start the race, followed by Harli White, Sams III, Skinner, 2013 USCS National Champion Derek Hagar of Marion, AR, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee Danny Smith of Chillicothe, OH, and Stewart. Skinner and Hagar got by Sams on the second lap to take over the third and fourth spots respectively.
Hagar was on a mission to the front of the pack, as he passed Skinner for the third spot on lap three. The fifth lap saw Sams move up to fourth and Smith dropped Skinner back to the fifth spot. It all went wrong for two front runners on lap six, as Shane Morgan of Biloxi, MS spun in turn four. That sent both White and Hagar to the pit area and ended their battle for the second spot.
The field settled into a race pace after the restart with Turpen leading Sams III, Smith, Skinner and Stewart. Smoke was able to pass Skinner on lap eight to move up into the fourth spot. Smith and Stewart, two seasoned veterans that cut their teeth racing Sprint Cars in Indiana, battled for the third spot. Smith brought out the caution flag on lap 17, when he slowed on the speedway.
That moved Stewart up to the third spot for the restart behind Turpen and Sams III. Morgan Turpen maintained her lead over the teenager and the legend to pick up the win. The USCS cars and stars, including will travel to Columbus, MS for a Saturday night show on the Black Ice at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
In support Division action, teenager Connor Morrell of Bradenton, FL who was the series 2016 Rookie of the Year at age 12, took the lead on lap seven and won the 15 USCS 600 Mini Sprint feature race. It was the first career win.. The 25-lap K&N Filers USCS Outlaw Modified feature race was won by Hunter Wilbanks of Lakeland, TN, who led wire-to-wire. It was also Wilbanks first USCS and career win in a modified race car.
For rules and updated schedule information about the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour and other USCS series, please visit www.uscsracing.com or call the series office at 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097. You can also like the United Sprint Car Series Facebook page at USCS Racing.
USCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Speedweek Round One A-main: 30-laps
1. 10M Morgan Turpen, Cordova, TN
USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: 1. 10 Terry Gray; 2. 10m Morgan Turpen; 3. 28 Jeff Willingham; 4. 9jr.Derek Hagar; 5. 26 Marshall Skinner; 6. Danny Sams III.
Butlerbuilt Third Heat: 1. 24d Danny Sams III; 2. 4 Danny Smith; 3. 26 Marshall Skinner; 4. 10m Morgan Turpen; 5. 10 Terry Gray; 6. 93 Jake Knight; 7 1s Joey Schmidt; 8. 28 Jeff Willingham.
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HAGAR RULES USCS SPRINTS AT MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
COLUMBUS, MS - March 4, 2017 - Derek Hagar of Marion, AR topped a star-studded field of United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters entrants on Saturday night to take the win in the 30-lap winged sprint car A-Main at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Hagar took the lead at the start of the race and was never challenged in a wire-to-wire victory on the “Black Ice” racing surface of the track known as the MAG. It was Hagar’s 44th trip to the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane in a USCS career that goes back to his 2006 USCS Rookie of the Year season.
The defending and two-time USCS National Champion Morgan Turpen was fourth after she opened the 2017 and 21st USCS season on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS with a win. A pair of former USCS Champions took the next two spots with Tim Crawley of Benton, AR finishing fifth and Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR taking the sixth spot.
The 2016 USCS Rookie of the Year, 14-year-old Danny Sams III of Englewood, FL, took the seventh spot, and Andy McElhannon of Nesbit, MS was eighth. Rookie of the Year contender, Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA finished ninth after starting eighteenth and running as high as fifth, and former Cajun Sprints Champion Shane Morgan of Biloxi, MS rounded out the Top 10. 2016 ASCS/Southern Outlaw Rookie of the Year, Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, MS, was the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger of the Race after starting 24th and finishing 14th.
In preliminary action, three-time NASCAR Champion and former Indy Car Champion Tony Stewart of Columbus, IN was in the house at The Mag and won the Hoosier Speed Dash as well as the third eight-lap Butlerbuilt Heat Race. Tim Crawley won the eight-lap Engler Machine and Tool First Heat Race and Derek Hagar won the eight-lap Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Race.
After earning the K&N Filters Pole Award, Hagar took the lead at the start of the race, followed by Gray, Crawley, Stewart, and Smith. Crawley and Stewart passed Gray on lap three to move up to second and third respectively. Gray got around Stewart on lap seven to reclaim the third spot behind Hagar and Crawley.
Smith got around Stewart for the fourth position on lap nine, and on lap ten, Turpen knocked Stewart out of the top five on the tenth lap. Stewart began to fade from that point before retiring from the race on lap 21 and was credited with a 23rd-place finish.
On lap 13, Smith and Gray got around Crawley to move up to the second and third spots respectively. At the halfway point, Hagar held a 1.5 second lead over Smith in second with Gray, Crawley and Turpen rounding out the top five. Turpen got by Crawley on lap 18 to move up to the fourth position.
Gray moved up to the second spot on lap 22 by passing Smith, but by then, Hagar had opened a five second lead over the second-place driver. Veteran Terry Gray got up on the wheel in his effort to close in on Hagar over the final eight laps of the race. By lap 28, Gray had closed to within four seconds of Hagar.
Hagar’s lead was gone on lap 28 when the caution flag came out for Tony Again, who spun in turn one. Hagar led Gray, Smith, Turpen, Crawley, Skinner, Taylor, Sams, Morgan and McElhannon down for the green flag to begin the three-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Hagar was up to the challenge with clear race track in front of him, as Gray was unable to get close. Hagar took a 2.169 second margin of victory under the checkered flag. The next event on the 2017 United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour is on Saturday night, March 18 at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, TN.
In support Division action on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Preston Seratt was the winner in the 20-lap K&N Filers USCS Outlaw Modified A-Main, and Dusty Young took the victory in the 20-lap www.RockAuto.com USCS 600 Mini Sprint A-Main.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 2 AT MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COLUMBUS, MS ON 3/4/17:
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters A-MAIN: (30 LAPS):
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER
USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: 1. Stewart; 2. Turpen; 3. Gray; 4. Skinner; 5. Mallett; 6. Sams III.
Butlerbuilt Third Heat: 1. Stewart; 2. Gray; 3. McElhannon; 4. Turpen; 5. Taylor; 6. Terrell; 7. Agin; 8. Schmidt.
The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in the 2017 and 21st USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com,Engler Machine and Tool, Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. PRO Shocks, KSE Racing Products, DHR Suspensions, Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Arizona Sport Shirts and Hero Graphics.